1993 Philadelphia Phillies season

MLB yearly infobox alt
name = Philadelphia Phillies
season = 1993
misc = 1993 NL East Champions
1993 NL Champions

current league = National League
y1 = 1883
division = Eastern Division
y2 = 1969
ballpark = Veterans Stadium
y4 = 1971
city = Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
y5 = 1883
owners = Bill Giles
general managers =Lee Thomas
managers =Jim Fregosi
television = WPHL-TV
(Andy Musser, Harry Kalas, Richie Ashburn)
(Garry Maddox,Chris Wheeler, Jay Johnstone)
SportsChannel Philadelphia
(Andy Musser, Kent Tekulve)
radio = WOGL
(Garry Maddox, Harry Kalas, Richie Ashburn, Andy Musser, Chris Wheeler)|

The 1993 Philadelphia Phillies season saw the Phillies capture the National League East championship. The Phillies defeated the Atlanta Braves in the National League Championship Series in six games, before losing the World Series to the Toronto Blue Jays.


Regular season

After finishing in last place the year before, the Phillies took the lead in the NL East on opening day, and never relinquished the lead, as they clinched the division title on September 28 in Pittsburgh.

The 1993 Phillies were led by stars such as Darren Daulton, John Kruk, Lenny Dykstra, and Curt Schilling. The team was often described as "shaggy," "unkempt," and "dirty." The previous year, noting the presence of the clean-cut Dale Murphy, Kruk himself described the team as "24 morons and one Mormon." Their character endeared them to fans, and attendance reached a record high the following season. As a play on the legendary Baseball Year|1927 New York Yankees' Murderers' Row, the team's dirty, mullet-wearing look was dubbed "Macho Row." To the surprise of their city and the nation, the Phillies powered their way to a 97-65 record and an NL East division title.

During the season there were a multitude of memorable moments. In late April, the team rallied from 8-0 down to beat the San Francisco Giants 9-8 in 10 innings, spurred when Giants reliever Bryan Hickerson slammed the ball off the turf to celebrate an out. In San Diego, a few days later, left-fielder Milt Thompson saved a game by making a leaping catch on a potential grand slam by Padres catcher Bob Geren.

Terry Mulholland hurled the first shutout in Mile High Stadium as the Phils swept the expansion Colorado Rockies in late May. On July 2, the Phils and Padres hooked up for a doubleheader which lasted almost 12 hours with rain delays. Mitch Williams won the second game on an RBI single at 4:41 AM. Five days after that, Lenny Dykstra ended a 7-6, 20-inning affair against the Dodgers at the Vet with a ground-rule double.

A three-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals to end July effectively pushed the Redbirds out of the pennant chase, and Danny Jackson's 12-0 rout of Cincinnati on August 29 left the Cards 10 out and Expos 10 1/2 out with one month to go.

However, a September slip caused some columnists in the city to compare the club to the infamous 1964 team. They dropped five of seven at home to the Cubs and Astros, then lost two of three at Olympic Stadium which brought Montreal within four with 13 games remaining.

All that was put to rest on September 28, as the Phils wrapped up the NL East with a 10-7 win over Pittsburgh at Three Rivers Stadium. Mariano Duncan hit a grand slam to lead a comeback effort, and little-used Donn Pall closed out the game, touching off a wild celebration for their first division crown since 1983.

Opening Day Starters


*April 13, 1993: Mark Davis was traded by the Atlanta Braves to the Philadelphia Phillies for Brad Hassinger (minors). [ http://www.baseball-reference.com/d/davisma01.shtml]
*June 3, 1993: Wayne Gomes was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1st round (4th pick) of the 1993 amateur draft. Player signed July 27, 1993. [http://www.baseball-reference.com/g/gomeswa01.shtml]
*June 3, 1993: Scott Rolen was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2nd round of the 1993 amateur draft. Player signed July 22, 1993. [http://www.baseball-reference.com/r/rolensc01.shtml]
*July 2, 1993: Mark Davis was released by the Philadelphia Phillies. [ http://www.baseball-reference.com/d/davisma01.shtml]
*August 10, 1993: Bobby Thigpen was traded by the Chicago White Sox to the Philadelphia Phillies for Jose DeLeon. [ [http://www.baseball-reference.com/t/thigpbo01.shtml Bobby Thigpen Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com ] ]

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